Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law

Written by Muireann ní Chíobháin, Illustrated by Paul Nugent

A picture book for young readers about an accident-prone dog whose tail is always getting him in trouble.

Hardback: €12.99
Hardback: 32 pages
Size:260x215 mm
ISBN: 9781788492928

Category: Picture Book

Meet Murphy ... the unluckiest dog in Ireland! 

Whatever could go wrong, would always go wrong,

when I was around.

Wherever I set a paw,

bad luck was always sure to follow.  

We called it, ‘Murphy’s law’!


A picture book for young readers about an accident-prone dog whose tail is always getting him in trouble.

Muireann ní Chíobháin

Muireann is a children's author and performer. Although a Cork City native, she spent much of her childhood in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht in Kerry where her father's family are from and is a proud Irish speaker. When she’s not writing books, dancing about on your TV screen or cooking up new shows or ideas, you'll find her in the sea, doodling in her sketchbook or most likely running around after her young and very energetic sons on the beaches of Tramore, Co. Waterford.

She hopes that this book will be the perfect excuse to fulfil a lifelong dream of getting a puppy and calling him Murphy!

teeny dog lovers are set for a wagtastic time with a sweet children’s book … charming adventure

Sunday World

We really loved this story. We’d give it 10 out of 10. It’s a great story for all ages. Ben, who is 8, loved reading it to his sisters who are 3 and 6. Top marks from us! By Ben, 2nd class St Brigid’s NS, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow

Seomra Ranga

funny and heartwarming … cleverly illustrated by Paul Nugent who has captured each of Murphy’s mishaps with a light touch but plenty of detail making sure that there is plenty of laughter as we read

Armadillo Magazine

a dog-lover’s delight … a celebration of friendship and being happy in your own skin/fur coat

Evening Echo

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

  • Download Activity sheets: Colour in Murphy and Mary as they speed across the water!

  • Download Activity sheets: Spot the differences on the farm

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